Online Pharmacy Degree Programs

Online degree options in the pharmacy field include post-professional Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) programs, which are designed for licensed, practicing pharmacists. Master's degrees in pharmacy and regulatory science are also available online. Check the prerequisites for admission to each of these programs, and find out what kinds of courses you'd take as a student. Schools offering Pharmacy Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kinds of Online Pharmacy Programs Can I Enroll in?

Most online doctoral degree programs in pharmacy are post-professional, meaning they are intended for working pharmacists who want to enhance their practice experience. Online entry-level Pharm.D. programs are uncommon, but they are available. After completing an entry-level program, you'll need to seek state licensure and pass a criminal background check to work as a pharmacist. Most Pharm.D. programs are not available entirely online - they do require a clerkship or some other type of onsite clinical experience.

You also can earn your online master's in the field, which may be offered as a Master of Science in Pharmacy or the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Regulatory Science. Master's degree programs are designed for students interested in careers in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, research, marketing or development.

Online Availability Online master's and doctorate programs are available, though doctorates are hard to find
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree in science field with college chemistry, calculus, and biology coursework; doctorate programs require PCAT scores from students who are already licensed pharmacists
Common Courses Anatomy and physiology, patient monitoring, drug therapies, pathology, food and drug law

What Are the Prerequisites?

You'll need to earn at least a 4-year degree in chemistry, biology or a similar field before enrolling in a master's program or a post-professional pharmacy program. Post-professional programs also require that students already be licensed, practical pharmacists before matriculating.

Entry-level doctoral programs usually require Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores. While a bachelor's degree is often not a prerequisite for admission to these programs, they generally require college coursework in chemistry, calculus and biology.

What Will I Learn in an Online Program?

As an online Pharm.D. student, you can learn how to monitor patient progress, confer with nurses and physicians to formulate plans of care and supervise pharmacy operations. You'll also learn how to dispense medication, advise patients about the side effects of pharmaceuticals and learn how to play an active role in patient outcomes. Anatomy and physiology coursework will teach you how the human body reacts to medications. Online coursework will also explore:

  • Patient data acquisition
  • Counseling for patients
  • Drug therapies
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Monitoring patients
  • Biochemistry
  • Patient Safety
  • Pathology

Master's degree programs cover such topics as the regulation and sales of pharmaceuticals and biomedical products. Students learn about food and drug law and policy as well as ethical issues surrounding pharmaceuticals and their administration.

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  • Kaplan University

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    Popular programs at Kaplan University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • Regent University

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    Popular programs at Regent University:

    • Doctoral
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  • Capella University

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    Popular programs at Capella University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
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    Popular programs at Colorado State University Global:

    • Master

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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

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  • University of Florida

    Campus Locations:

    • Florida: Gainesville
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  • University of Georgia

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    • Georgia: Athens